International and local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Liberia are not sincere in their financial dealings and there is a strong likelihood that they are involved in high levels of corruption, panelists revealed at an accountability program held in Monrovia yesterday.The Liberian government has received the heaviest lashes for corrupt practices, but the panelists shed light at the accountability conference on the “unscrupulous activities” of NGOs.Panelist Al Varney, a journalist from the FrontPage Africa Newspaper revealed that there is a high level of insincerity among the many international and local NGOs operating in the country. Varney is a member of the US run International Research and Exchange (IREX) Ebola Funds Accountability project.He said several of the major organizations that were involved in the battle against the EVD, were very tight-lipped when asked to give account of how funds provided them by foreign donors were spent.“I got to know that NGOs operating in Liberia are not sincere when I began to work with the IREX Ebola Funds Accountability Project,” Varney said. “They are not willing to disclose to the public how funds donated to the country through them are spent and this raises eyebrows.”He said that he had a lot of difficulties with many of the NGOs, that he could not name, but said they were never willing to provide him the information he wanted. “Most of them do not see the media as their friend because they do not want their misdeeds to be uncovered,” he said. A similar revelation was also made by Ms. Antoinette Sendolo, who said she got in trouble because of a report she did after officials of NGO decided to remain mute for so long. She reports for the Inquirer Newspaper.“This was one of my worst experiences I had as a young journalist. The people were saying that I did the report clandestinely because I wanted to achieve certain things or I had an ulterior motive, which was not the case,” she said.“I visited the headquarters of the organization several times and even called its public relations officer on numerous occasions but they were never willing to provide me the information,” she said.The public and other foreign nationals have a negative perception of the Liberian government squandering public funds through corrupt practices, but this new revelation will now switch the pendulum as more focus now would be given to NGOs, some that bring millions of donor funds into the country.There have been complaints that almost all of the donor funds coming to the country are not impacting the lives of the people who still live in abject poverty. “When the white people send their money they can send a lot of people called experts behind the money to carry it back to their country,” many Liberians have said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
28 August 2013 South Africa’s economy rebounded in the second quarter, growing at 3.0 percent compared to 0.9 percent in the first quarter, with manufacturing the main driver of the growth, Statistics SA reported on Tuesday. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP [gross domestic product] at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by an annualised rate of 3.0 percent compared with an increase of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2013,” Stats SA said in a statement. The nominal GDP at market prices during the second quarter was R836-billion, R23-billion more than in the first quarter. StatsSA attributed the growth to increased activity in manufacturing (up by 1.7 percentage points), finance, real estate and business services (up by 0.8 of a percentage point), the wholesale, retail and motor trade, and catering and accommodation (both up by 0.4 of a percentage point). The mining, agriculture, foresty and fishing were among the negative contributors to second-quarter GDP. South Africa’s manufacturing industry reflected positive growth of 11.5 percent, due to higher production in basic iron and steel, non-ferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, motor vehicles, parts and accessories, glass and non-metallic products, and textiles, clothing and leather products. The growth in finance, real estate and business services was due to increased activities in the banking sector and equity, bond and other financial markets. The mining and quarrying industry reflected negative growth of 5.6 percent, due to lower production in the mining of gold, “other” metal ores (including platinum) and “other” mining and quarrying (including diamonds). The unadjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012. The estimate of GDP for the first six months of 2013 increased by 2.0 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2012. Source: SAnews.gov.za
More than six weeks after a security guard Pradeep Tomar allegedly died because of torture at a police post in Pilakhuwa town of Hapur district, two constables have been arrested.Also read ‘Custodial’ death sparks tension in U.P. town“Manish Singh and Sonu Kumar were arrested on Wednesday. They were produced before a magistrate and have been sent to jail,” said Rajesh Kumar Singh, Circle Officer, Hapur (city), who is investigating the case.He refused to comment on the constables’ role in the case. “It is still a matter of investigation.” He said two other accused, SHO Yogesh Baliyan and sub-inspector Ajab Singh, who were under suspension, were still on the run.Deputy Superintendent of Police Santosh Mishra, who was also named in the FIR and transferred to Garhmukteshwar after the incident, has already been given a clean chit in the case.Mr. Tomar, 35, died on the intervening night of October 13 after he was picked by the police from the Chhijarasai toll booth in Pilakhuwa. The police had claimed he was picked up for questioning in connection with a murder case. However, Mr. Tomar’s family, including his 10-year-old son who was allegedly present when his father was picked up, claimed that he was tortured by the police personnel.Based on the complaint of the deceased’s brother Kuldeep, an FIR was registered against six police personnel under stringent Sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES “We can’t just hope we get calls at the line and hope we get lucky shots, we just got to stay consistent,” said Brown who repeated the word “consistent” two more times “That’s the only way we can win games.”And as for his point-production, Brown expressed his disappointment since he wasn’t able to help his team get the victory. “I don’t like it. We lost,” said Brown who also grabbed 19 boards. “I don’t care about the stats. I’m just trying anything that can help us win. I can have 60 but we lost so it won’t matter. I just want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PBA IMAGESPhoenix import Brandon Brown said Friday that his Fuel Masters team isn’t on the same level as the other franchises in the PBA in terms of getting respect from game officials.“We’re not a well-respected team in this league, I mean the referees are not going to give us any calls down the stretch,” said Brown Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to TNT 110-103.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Though the foul discrepancy is just two between the two teams, 29-27 with less calls going to TNT, the KaTropa had 33 free throw attempts while the Fuel Masters had just 22.TNT also had 10 free throw attempts in the final period while Phoenix had just six. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrown, who finished with a game-high 49 points, said the only way to get the same level of respect their opponents’ enjoy is to stay consistent and win some games. Phoenix have lost six straight games and languish at the 10th seed with a 2-6 card. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers opened a crucial homestand needing wins any way they could get them. A variety pack of goals was the perfect way to start.Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 11.The Flyers scored short-handed, on the power play, even strength, and into an empty net. Wayne Simmonds scored the power-play goal, and Jakub Voracek added the empty-netter to seal the win.The Flyers earned the win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal. They have dropped to the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference and need to make the most of the four-game homestand to jump back into postseason contention.“It’s huge, especially if we want to stay in the playoff race,” Couturier said.They got an unexpected lift from Read, who has only three goals and seven assists in 28 games. He had one of each in the first period, giving the Flyers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“I just keep shooting pucks, getting in front of the net, getting in the hard areas,” Read said. “Things kind of bounced my way tonight.”With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts. But he was hardly tested with 17 saves against the Devils for his fifth win of the season — matching Mason’s total in eight fewer games.Emery improved his career record against New Jersey to 8-4-0-2 with a 1.78 GAA.Not even the return of leading goal scorer Mike Cammalleri (11) could spark the Devils. Cammalleri returned after missing two games with a strained gluteus muscle. “Maybe we’ve got to get a little greasier, get to the net and find ways to get a little of the sandpaper to our game around the net,” he said.The Flyers scored first on perhaps one of the unlikeliest of scenarios for a team that has struggled as much as any playing short-handed. The Devils had been spectacular of late, killing 44 of 49 power plays against during the last 14 games.But with the Devils down a player early in the first, Couturier scored his sixth goal for Philadelphia’s first short-handed goal of the season.They scored at even strength, too. Couturier blindly passed the puck in front of the net, Read pounced and stuck it past Cory Schneider for the 2-0 lead. “I just fired backdoor,” Couturier said. “Luckily, he was there.”Read scored 24 goals in the 2011-12 season and 22 last season, leaving him mystified about the cause of his season-long slump. He had his first multipoint game since April 6, 2014, against Buffalo and scored for the first time since Nov. 15.“Coot’s pass was pretty lucky, it went through about three guy’s skates and landed right on my tape,” Read said.The Flyers entered 13th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot. With home games ahead against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida, now is the time for the Flyers to gain ground.The Devils scored their lone goal in the second when Martin Havlat scored a power-play goal for the Devils. Havlat tipped Scott Gomez’s slap shot from along the boards to cut it to 2-1.The Devils have lost two straight. “We didn’t panic with the 2-0 deficit,” said Schneider, who had 32 saves. “We stuck with it and got one on the power play, but they played pretty solid.”Simmonds’ 12th goal stretched the lead to 3-1.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Salihamidzic in talks with Hudson-Odoi family about Bayern Munich moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich chief Hasan Salihamidzic has held talks with Chelsea attacker Callum Hudson-Odoi about a move to Germany next month.Bayern have upped their bid from €15m to €20m in the last 24 hours after being encouraged in talks with the player’s camp.BILD says Salihamidzic has spoken with Hudson-Odoi’s family about a career plan they have mapped out for the teenager.The 18 year-old is tied to Chelsea until 2020 and leaning towards leaving in January.For his part, Blues manager Maurizio Sarri says: “He’s still a very young player, we’ll have to wait a bit. But in the future he will be a very, very strong player, I’m sure of that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
APTN National NewsWhen you think of sports in the Arctic the first one that comes to mind is probably hockey.But in fact there is another sport taking off and it has to nothing to do with snow and ice.APTN’s Wayne Rivers discovers it’s soccer.
Source:https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 6 2018Air quality has been associated with numerous adverse health outcomes from asthma to pre-term birth. Researchers at University of Utah Health found women living along the Wasatch Front — the most populous region in the state of Utah — had a higher risk (16 percent) of miscarriage following short-term exposure to elevated air pollution. The results are available online on December 5 in the journal Fertility and Sterility.”Not being from Salt Lake originally, I noticed a pattern in the relation to air quality and pregnancy loss,” said Matthew Fuller, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery at U of U Health and senior author on the paper. “I knew this was an understudied question so we decided to dig deeper.”Fuller joined University of Utah research analyst Claire Leiser on a retrospective study consisting of more than 1,300 women (54 percent Caucasian, 38 percent Hispanic, and other/missing 8 percent; average age 28 years). The women in the study sought help at the U of U emergency department following a miscarriage (up to 20-weeks gestation) between 2007 to 2015.The team examined the risk of miscarriage during a three- or seven-day window following a spike in the concentration of three common air pollutants: small particulate matter (PM 2.5), nitrogen dioxide and ozone. The study excluded women who lived outside Utah.”We are really only seeing the most severe cases during a small window of time,” said Leiser, first author on the paper. “These results are not the whole picture.”Leiser notes the results suggest there could be an increased risk for an individual. Their research only captured women who sought help at an emergency department at one hospital in the region. It does not account for women who may have sought outpatient care through their obstetric or primary care providers.The team found a slight increased risk in miscarriage for women exposed to elevated levels of nitrogen dioxide (16 percent for 10 ppb increase during the seven-day window). Although small particulate matter does track with nitrogen dioxide, these results did not significantly associate with an increased risk of miscarriage.Related StoriesPM2.5 exposure before and after birth associated with reduction in fundamental cognitive abilitiesInternational tourists are more susceptible to harmful effects of air pollutionInhaling irritant that mimics air pollution changes defensive heart-lung reflex for hypertension”While we live in a pretty unique geographic area, the problems we face when it comes to air pollution are not unique,” said Fuller. “As the planet warms and population booms, air pollution is going to become a bigger problem not only in the developing world but across the United States.”The Wasatch Front experiences short-periods of poor air quality, primarily during the winter months, when inversions trap pollutants close to the ground (for the 7-day window: PM2.5min= 0.3?g/m3; PM2.5max= 73.0 ?g/m3; O3 min= 4 ppb; O3 max= 80 ppb; NO2 min= 0.5ppb; NO2 max= 65ppb). The researchers tracked air quality by zip code, establishing six designated air basins within the Wasatch Front. They compared air quality in each basin to their patients’ outcomes.The team conducted a case cross-over study that estimated a woman’s risk of miscarriage multiple times in a month where air pollution exposure varied. This approach removed other risk factors, like maternal age, from the study. The scientists were unable to ascertain the age of the fetus at the time of the miscarriage and were unable pinpoint a critical period when the fetus may be most vulnerable to pollutants.”The results of this study are upsetting, and we need to work together as a society to find constructive solutions,” Fuller said.Fuller recommends women speak with their doctor about any health concerns. Women can manage the risk by using a N95 particulate respirator face mask to filter out pollutants or avoid outdoor physical activity on poor air quality days. Women can also use filters to lower indoor pollution and, if possible, time conception to avoid seasonal episodes of poor air quality.
More information: Christoph Vaalma et al. A cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries, Nature Reviews Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1038/natrevmats.2018.13 Provided by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Regions with highly concentrated reserves: the ‘lithium triangle’ in South America and, for cobalt, the Copperbelt in Central Africa. Credit: Nature Reviews Materials Explore further Cobalt is a fundamental cathode component in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), determining the high energy and power density as well as the long lifetime. However, as outlined in the article by Dr. Christoph Vaalma et al., cobalt is toxic and scarce. “In general, the rapidly growing market penetration of LIBs for electromobility applications, such as fully electric cars, will lead to an increasing demand for raw materials, especially with respect to lithium and cobalt,” says Professor Stefano Passerini, who supervised the study together with Dr. Daniel Buchholz at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm.Their scenario-based analysis of the applications of batteries through 2050 shows that cobalt shortages and price increases are likely to occur, since cobalt demand could be twice as high as today’s identified reserves. In contrast, today’s identified lithium reserves are expected to be much less strained, but the production will have to be strongly upscaled (possibly more than 10 times, depending on the scenario) to match the future demand. However, both elements are geographically concentrated in countries reported to be less politically stable. According to the researchers, this gives rise to concerns about a possible shortage and associated price increase of LIBs in the near future. “It is therefore indispensable to expand research activities toward alternative battery technologies in order to decrease these risks and reduce the pressure on cobalt and lithium reserves,” says Daniel Buchholz. Stefano Passerini, HIU deputy director. “Post-lithium systems are especially appealing for electromobility and stationary applications. This is why it is both very important and urgent to unlock their potential and develop these innovative, high-energy batteries towards market maturity.”These results are further confirmed by the global scenario for battery applications in the field of electromobility through the year 2050, recently developed at HIU and published as a book chapter. “The future availability of cobalt for the mass production of LIBs has to be classified as very critical, which is also evident from the price increase of cobalt higher than 120 percent within one year (2016-2017),” says HIU system analyst Dr. Marcel Weil. In addition, the establishment of a battery economy with a high rate of recycling would certainly be imperative to decrease the pressure on critical materials.Both studies highlight the importance of new battery technologies based on low-cost, abundant and nontoxic elements, demonstrating the importance of further development in order to decrease the pressure on critical resources. To address this need, KIT and University of Ulm joined their efforts in the proposal for a Cluster of Excellence Energy Storage Beyond Lithium: New Storage Concepts For A Sustainable Future, focusing on the development of sodium-ion, magnesium-ion and other batteries based on abundant materials. The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and the Justus-Liebig University Gießen are also involved in these efforts. We should start planning for large lithium-ion battery demand, say materials scientists This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: A cost and resource analysis of sodium-ion batteries (2018, March 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-resource-analysis-sodium-ion-batteries.html Lithium and cobalt are fundamental components of lithium-ion batteries. Analysis by researchers at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) shows that the availability of both elements could become seriously critical. Cobalt-free battery technologies, including post-lithium technologies based on non-critical elements such as sodium, but also magnesium, zinc, calcium and aluminium, represent possibilities to avoid this outcome in the long term. These results are presented in Nature Reviews Materials.
Facebook said its latest action on Tuesday morning resulted from four investigations—three involving Iran, one involving Russia.The first focused on a group called “Liberty Front Press” that set up multiple accounts on Facebook and Instagram that were followed by 155,000 other accounts. The group was linked to Iranian state media based on website registrations, IP addresses and administrator accounts, Facebook said. The first accounts were created in 2013 and posted political content about the Middle East, the U.K., and the U.S., although the focus on the West increased starting last year, Facebook said.”The Iranians are now following the Kremlin’s playbook,” said Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. On Sept. 5, leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter are scheduled to testify before the intelligence committee about their efforts to combat political disinformation on their social media networks.FireEye called the Liberty Front Press group an influence operation apparently aimed at promoting Iranian political interests “including anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes” and support for the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from that agreement earlier this year.While that group did not appear to be attempting to influence the U.S. midterms, FireEye said its analysis “does not preclude such attempts being made.” Several social media personas it found related to the group masqueraded as liberal U.S. activists who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders. One persona also used the Twitter handle “@berniecratss” and listed its location as the United States even though the phone number associated with it began with Iran’s country code, +98.The group’s activity included “significant anti-Trump messaging,” but FireEye said in a detailed report “the activity extends well beyond U.S. audiences and U.S. politics.”The second group also had multiple accounts and 15,000 followers. The group was linked to “Liberty Front Press” and attempted to hack people’s accounts to spread malware. Facebook said it disrupted those attempts.A third group also operated out of Iran had as many as 813,000 followers, and also shared political content about the Middle East, the U.K. and U.S.In all the Iranian-linked groups spent some $12,000 in advertising and hosted 28 different events.A fourth group that attempted to influence politics in Syria and the Ukraine was connected to sources that Facebook said the U.S. had linked to Russian military intelligence.”We’re working closely with U.S. law enforcement on this investigation,” Facebook said in a blog post .In late July, Facebook also removed 32 apparently fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram that collectively had nearly 300,000 followers, including thousands that expressed interest in events they promoted. Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections (Update) In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook said Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and Iran for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political content amid stepped-up policing of its own platform ahead of the U.S. midterm elections in November. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) The social network said Tuesday that it had removed 652 pages, groups, and accounts linked to Russia and, unexpectedly, Iran, for “coordinated inauthentic behavior” that included the sharing of political material.Facebook has significantly stepped up policing of its platform since last year, when it acknowledged that Russian agents successfully ran political influence operations on its platform that were aimed at swaying the 2016 presidential election. Other social media networks have done likewise, and continue to turn up fresh evidence of political disinformation campaigns.Facebook’s action in late July against 32 accounts possibly linked to Russia generally involved U.S. political activity ahead of the midterm elections in November. By contrast, the latest group of apparently fake accounts appeared more intent on influencing U.S. foreign policy and regional politics in the Middle East.Shortly after Facebook’s announcement, Twitter revealed that it had also suspended 284 accounts for “coordinated manipulation,” many of them apparently originating from Iran. A day earlier, Microsoft also reported a new Russian effort to impersonate conservative U.S. websites , potentially as part of an espionage campaign.The social network said it had not concluded its review of the material and declined to say how or why the state-backed actors were behaving the way they did. But it said it has informed the U.S. and U.K. governments as well as the U.S. Treasury and State departments because of ongoing sanctions against Iran.”There’s a lot we don’t know yet,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a hastily called conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon.”You’re going to see people try to abuse the services in every way possible … including now nation states,” he said. He described the deception campaigns as “sophisticated and well-funded efforts that aren’t going to stop.”FireEye, a cybersecurity firm that alerted Facebook to some of this activity, noted that it “does not appear to have been specifically designed to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, as it extends well beyond U.S. audiences and U.S. politics.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: Facebook uncovers new global misinformation operations (2018, August 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-facebook-uncovers-global-misinformation.html Facebook has identified and banned hundreds of accounts, groups and pages engaged in misleading political behavior, a far larger discovery than a “sophisticated” effort it reported three weeks ago with great fanfare.